It’s easy to say that the Oscars are out of touch with the regular moviegoer, but when you dive into the numbers, it’s scary how correct that general thought is.
We looked back at the lifetime domestic gross for the last 15 best-picture Oscar winners and matched those with the lifetime gross for the movies that topped those years at the box office. And only once did they match up (2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”).
In fact, most of the best picture Oscar winners didn’t crack the $100 million at the box office and only two crossed the $200 million mark — and that’s counting inflation!
But there is a chance that might change at this year’s Oscars. If “Black Panther” wins best picture, it will be the frist time since “Return of the King” that the domestic box-office winner takes home the big prize.
Note: All figures are domestic grosses only from Box Office Mojo and are added for inflation.
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2017 Best Picture – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” $610.3 million
2017 Box Office Winner – $62.9 million
2016 Best Picture – “Moonlight” $28.5 million
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Source:: Business Insider